Wagner’s Epic Götterdämmerung Comes to the Clark, Live From the Met

For Immediate Release

February 02, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Wagner’s epic opera Götterdämmerung comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, February 11 at 12:00 pm, live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera. Götterdämmerung is the thrilling climax of Robert Lepage’s innovative, high-tech staging of Der Ring des Nibelungen (the Ring cycle), opera’s definitive saga. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance, and the doors will open at 11:30 am.

American soprano Deborah Voigt takes on the role of warrior maiden Brünnhilde, one of the most demanding roles in all of opera, and American tenor Jay Hunter Morris performs the role of the doomed hero, Siegfried. An extraordinary cast sings each of the crucial roles in the opera, including two veterans of the earlier Lepage Ring operas, German bass Hans-Peter König (here singing the villain Hunding) and American bass-baritone Eric Owens, returning as the greedy dwarf Alberich; Scottish bass-baritone Iain Paterson and American soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer as Gunther and Gutrune, the human siblings who destroy the love between Siegfried and Brünnhilde; and the veteran German mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier as Waltraute, the Valkyrie who warns Brünnhilde that her actions will cause the destruction of the world. Fabio Luisi, the Met’s Principal Conductor, leads the orchestra, chorus, and cast in the sweeping, varied score, which weaves together leitmotifs from all the operas in the saga and leads to an unforgettable conclusion, as Brünnhilde’s love for Siegfried is betrayed and she plunges the world as she knows it into a cataclysm of total destruction. “Götterdämmerung is the most theatrically effective staging of the four works in this epic series, and the clearest representation of the director Robert Lepage’s vision…Fabio Luisi drew an uncommonly articulate and nuanced account of this daunting opera” (The New York Times).

The Met: Live in HD 2011-2012 Season continues with Verdi’s Ernani on February 25, Massenet’s Manon on April 7, and Verdi’s La Traviata on April 14. The Clark’s intimate auditorium is one of the best performance venues in the region, with comfortable seating and soaring acoustics. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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February 11: Wagner’s epic opera Götterdämmerung comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, February 11 at 12:00 pm, live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera. Götterdämmerung is the thrilling climax of Robert Lepage’s innovative, high-tech staging of Der Ring des Nibelungen (the Ring cycle), opera’s definitive saga. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance, and the doors will open at 11:30 am. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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